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West Coast Equine Foundation


Promoting the Horse & Human Bond

The West Coast Equine Foundation is committed to the betterment of the equine community through scholarships and grants supporting a variety of equine health & youth programs.

The WCEF was created as a way for MEC management to give back to the horse community that has so loyally supported the Equestrian Center and its growing calendar of annual events. The West Coast Equine Foundation (WCEF) is a non-profit program and partner of the Murieta Equestrian Center (MEC), located in Rancho Murieta, California.

WCEF gives back to the community through scholarships, special events, a youth horsemanship challenge, partnerships with local community and therapeutic riding organizations.  Through this support and outreach the WCEF strives to educate, entertain and involve our local horse community in everything from horsemanship and sportsmanship to all-around horse appreciation.

The Focus of the WCEF is:

  • To provide grants and scholarships to promote educational opportunities for youth pursuing a career in an equine-related field.
  • To support and collaborate with therapeutic riding outreach programs and services.
  • To support organizations working directly with equines impacted by natural disasters.
  • To expand the opportunities available to youths in their equestrian sport.

WCEF in the Community 

Therapeutic Riding & Equine Rehabilitation Programs

Veterinary and Equine Disaster Relief

  • Northern California Association of Equine Practicioners – In 2018 the WCEF sponsored an emergency response trailer for the NCAEP, to be used for veterinarians working natural disasters such as the Camp Fire. The urgent need for this triage trailer became apparent following the devastating fires in Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Nevada Counties. The trailer will be sent out immediately to disasters impacting equines and will be a vital veterinary base for the first-responders on site. MEC and WCEF, continues to pledge help to the first-responder veterinary teams working at evacuation centers with horses.
  • UC Davis Center for Equine Health

Community Youth Programs

  • 4-H
  • Pony Club
  • Foothills CDS Junior Program


More than $170,000 in scholarships have been gifted to deserving and hardworking students pursuing equine-related careers. Scholarships are given to first year college student as well as those already pursuing a college education.

Youth Horsemanship Challenge

The Youth Horsemanship Challenge is held during Spring and Summer Gold-N-Grand and El Rancho Cutting Futurity. During these shows, youth ages 6-18 participate in a horsemanship challenge. The goal of the Youth Horsemanship Challenge is to promote horse health, the humane treatment of horses, and horsemanship knowledge among our youth.

West Coast Equine Foundation
7200 Lone Pine Drive
Rancho Murieta, CA 95683
916) 354-2119

The West Coast Equine Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 charity.
Tax ID #68-0068098